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Useful Gadget of the Week: Belkin Energy Saving Socket with Timer

Yes, the home automator in you is going to look at this and protest.  Yes you could do this with a Z-Wave socket or whatever and a home automation controller and some of your finest logic scripting. But sometimes the KISS principal is best obeyed and simple is often better for members of the family who […]

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My Automated Home: Heat Genius Smart Home Heating Controls

This months ‘My Automated Home’ feature follows Johannes Jensson’s compressive review of his Heat Genius installation… Nobody has escaped the rapid rise of gas and electricity prices over the last 5 years. I had a feeling that my cash was really going up in smoke and I needed a permanent way to reduce my heating cost. I […]

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Review: Plugwise Home Stretch 2.0 ZigBee Appliance Control & Energy Monitoring

Automated Home’s favourite contributing reviewer, Ant Skelton, has spent the last few week putting the Plugwise Home Stretch 2.0 kit through its paces.  Here’s what he found… Plugwise are a Dutch company who’ve been making energy monitoring products since 2006. The Home Stretch 2.0 is their £354 basic starter kit, and they offer a number of add-on […]

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energyEGG Turns Off Lights and Appliances Automatically in an Empty Room

On last nights episode of the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, business angel Piers Linney invested £50,000 in smart home company energyEGG. The energyEGG system relies on a battery powered sensor to determine when a room is unoccupied, turning off lights and appliances, which the company claims “typically saves 30% on the running costs”. Crucially the system […]

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OpenTRV: Better Heating and Saving the Planet

OpenTRV project leader Damon Hart-Davis started in electronics when his dad got him interested early on in life. He has dabbled in computing in finance and with start-ups and an MSc, and is now spending a lot of time on energy efficiency to help reduce the effects of climate change.  We asked Damon to introduce the OpenTRV […]

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ZigBee Alliance Debuts Battery-Free Option With New Green Power Feature

This morning the ZigBee Alliance have announced GreenPower, a new optional feature of the ZigBee PRO standard.  The new technology will allow wireless products, including switches and dimmers, to now be powered by energy harvesting devices rather than use traditional battery or mains power. SAN RAMON, Calif. – Dec. 19, 2012 – The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless […]

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SMS Text Message Control of Your Heating and Other Devices

We recently discovered another GSM controlled switch for remote control of your central heating.  This is one of the most affordable units we’ve come across yet so we contacted the company and had them install a unit for us.  Here’s how it works… . The Hardware – The unit itself is a GSM module called […]

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GreenWave Z-Wave Energy Display Shows Electricity, Water and Gas Consumption at a Glance

GreenWave Z-Wave Energy Display Shows Electricity, Water and Gas Consumption at a Glance

Home automation has acquired a more legitimate mantel in recent years, helping lose its reputation as merely promoting a couch potato lifestyle. Tasked with helping us all monitor, measure and change our energy usage, manufacturers like Z-Wave have been quick to see the potential of the green market for their smart home products. Here’s the […]

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QEES’ Green Living Solution for Z-Wave Based Smart Home Energy Management

QEES’ Green Living Solution for Z-Wave Based Smart Home Energy Management

More ‘Z-Wave Helps Save the World’ type stuff today with the new QEES SmartGate and Open Software Platform.  The hardware and software pair, in conjunction with metering devices, enable home owners to monitor and control their energy usage.  The SmartGate is described as an “All-in-one-Gateway’ that replaces your wireless router and adds a telephone gateway, […]

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New Energy Saving Z-Wave Thermostat from Danfoss

New Energy Saving Z-Wave Thermostat from Danfoss

A new ‘Living by Danfoss’ series of wireless, Z-Wave, smart home products includes this radiator thermostat.  With claimed energy savings of up to 23% the system allows you to control the all the radiators around your home from a central display and control unit. “Copenhagen – Z-Wave Alliance member Danfoss, manufacturer of refrigeration and heating […]

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